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CONNECT researchers among 2017-8 Fulbright Awardees

Two researchers at CONNECT, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications, in Trinity College Dublin have been named as 2017-2018 Fulbright Irish Awardees.

Dr Jacek Kibilda and Fiona McDermott are among the awardees announced by Mr Charlie Flanagan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Mr Reece Smyth, Chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Ireland, at a special ceremony at Iveagh House in Dublin.

Jacek Kibilda holds a PhD from Trinity and is a Research Fellow at CONNECT. He is a member of Professor Luiz DaSilva’s research team and his most recent work has focused on exploring models and architectures for future generations of mobile networks. Dr Kibilda will conduct further research at the Wireless Networking and Communications Group in the University of Texas at Austin with his Fulbright-TechImpact scholarship.

Fiona McDermott is a researcher and PhD candidate under the supervision of Professor Linda Doyle at CONNECT in Trinity. Her Fulbright-EPA Student Award will take her to New School in New York City where she will undertake critical design research focusing on the practice of urban informatics, forms of urban intelligence and networked data infrastructures.

Linda Doyle, Director of CONNECT and Professor of Engineering & the Arts at Trinity College Dublin, welcomed the news saying: “I am particularly delighted that our two Fulbright Awardees represent different aspects of CONNECT’s research agenda. Fiona is a member of our creative arts practices group while Jacek’s work is at the cutting edge of telecommunications research. It underpins the fact that excellence comes in many forms.”

This year the Fulbright Program celebrates 60 years of educational and cultural exchange between Ireland and the US. Since 1957, the Program has provided Irish and European citizens with the opportunity to study, research, or lecture in America, and supported US citizens to do the same in Ireland. The Program is now established in over 160 countries globally, providing a fantastic international network for Fulbright Awardees and Alumni.

Fulbright Program founder Senator J. William Fulbright said of the Program “Of all the joint ventures in which we might engage, the most productive, in my view, is educational exchange. I have always had great difficulty in trying to find the words that would persuasively explain that educational exchange is not merely one of those nice but marginal activities in which we engage in international affairs, but rather, from the standpoint of future world peace and order, probably the most important and potentially rewarding of our foreign-policy activities.”


Dr Jacek Kibilda and Fiona McDermott